In the last several years, much has been written about Vision and Vision Casting. … There is certainly a need for both an inspiring, value-added vision AND for casting (sharing, communicating, & broadcasting) that vision to those in your organization, be it a family or a large multinational organization of thousands. If you are expecting an article on THAT type of Vision, you may be disappointed. My article this week is on a different type of vision.
This week, I want to highlight the importance of sight or insight or “vision.” I want to impress upon you the need for the world-class leader to “see,” really see, those in their organization. Those in their home. Those in their organization. Those in their community. … To be seen, is in a sense, to be understood. To be acknowledge. To be valued. To be seen and recognized as another human being. One with feelings and importance.
At one point, I was diving in German Channel (Palau). It is an amazing location. Palau is spectacular. German Channel is one of the special dives in this spectacular location. It is called German Channel because about 100 years ago, the Germans carved out a channel in the coral reef. Not that I’m commending this action, but today, German Channel provides some amazing scenery, not the least of which are Manta Rays.
On this particular day however, what really caught my eye was a pair of eyes. A pair of eyes buried in the sand. Well almost. The group I was with had gone right over the “eyes.” They were looking for the big majestic mantas. For some reason (not because my sight is always spectacular), I happened to look down at the sandy bottom and saw a pair of eyes. Hmmm. … I stopped and slowly, ever so slowly, descended until I was a meter or less from the pair of eyes. They belonged to a ray! But not a manta ray, a marble ray!
You might say, what’s the big deal! And, I kinda agree. Unless you’re a diver. To be within a few feet of any ray, especially a marble ray buried in the sand at German Channel in Palau, is AMAZING! … I watched in admiration for several minutes as the ray breathed in and out. Yes, I quietly signaled for the other divers in my group to come over and see the marble ray.
I must say, I was quite surprised at how close we got. At one point, I was literally just inches away. The ray is an amazing creation. It was a blessing to be that close. It was an incredible dive. And for good measure, later, on the same dive, we saw the mantas and a leopard shark!
So back to vision and sight. To see the marble ray required vision. It was necessary that I was focused and looking at the right place at the right time. It required that my eyesight was clear. It was necessary that I was looking in the right direction.
As I thought about the marble ray, I thought about our vision as leaders. You already know this, but it’s worth a few reminders. It’s important to see, really see, others. At home. At work. In the community. If you have good vision (which comes with high EQ) you will truly see your neighbors. If you don’t have a naturally high EQ, you can work at it. Take time to notice. To observe. To ask questions. To be empathetic. Having vision to see others will always pay off.
You’ll find out the pain others are suffering. You’ll find out how to help. To serve. You’ll build relationships. You’ll build a network. You’ll find a friend. And you’ll become one. It probably sounds corny, but having vision is a win-win. It allows you to serve another and, in the process, you become a better leader. A better person. A better parent. A better fill-in-the-blank.
When you take the time to see others. When you truly look around. When you focus on your surroundings. This is when your vision becomes clear and you truly, really, deeply see others. And seeing others clearly, is the beginning of your meeting their need. The beginning of your service. The beginning of your true leadership.
Do you have eyes to see? Is your vision clear? Do you have strong EQ? How does it feel when another really “sees” you? What stories can you share about being seen or seeing others?
As always, the floor is open to your comments, suggestions, thoughts, and feedback.
Dr. Robert Gerwig is an agent of change and is able to balance the needs of the business and the needs of people. Dr. Gerwig believes and practices the values of performance and delivery of business metrics while simultaneously developing and growing people into leaders. You can contact him at RobertGerwig[at]LeadStrategic.com.
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